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Sickle cell kidney disease

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source: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Your kidneys normally remove waste from your blood. They have many small blood vessels that help do this. The waste becomes part of your urine (pee) and goes out of your body.

If sickle cell disease blocks normal blood flow to the kidneys, they do not get enough oxygen. This keeps them from working well. Your child’s St. Jude team might say your child has kidney disease or “renal disease.” Another name for sickle cell kidney disease is “sickle cell nephropathy.”

If your child’s sickle cell disease affects their kidneys, your child could have some or all of the conditions below.
•  Protein in the urine
•  Urine with too much water in it
•  Blood in the urine
•  High blood pressure

organization: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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